Digging Out After Another Winter Storm


“This sucks,” said Gordy’s Market Manager Jon Paisley, while shoveling the sidewalk.

It might look and feel like Alaska or Antarctica, but no, it’s La Crosse.

“Probably like the last two weeks, ever since it was real cold out man, you can take that and send it, it can go east for all I care,” said Rob Ahlerd of La Crosse.

Tuesday shovels, snowblowers and even snowmobiles were out helping dig out cars and clearing sidewalks.

“You gotta get up early and you’ve gotta move it all,” said Paisley. “Do home first, come here and maybe by the time I’m done with my day I’m heading back home.”

People in the Coulee Region have gotten very well-versed with their shovels.

Since Jan. 25, La Crosse has seen over 24 inches of snow according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s pretty clean now, you know that’s what it is. You gotta shovel just about everyday it feels like,” said Ahlerd.

But not everyone hates the snow.

“I’m actually excited I like snow it’s fun,” said Anthony Dix of La Crosse. “I actually like to shovel, to a certain degree, so it’s kind of fun. Plus people need help, so it’s kind of fun to go out there and push cars out of alleys and down streets and feel like you’re helping people out.”

For the Dix family, yet another snow day provides an opportunity for some outdoor fun.

“We haven’t had this much snow in one falling for what seems like a long time and to have it back-to-back with the freezing cold it’s been intense, but it’s been good. You know like, it’s good to feel the extremes so you enjoy the other end a lot more,” said Dix.

A silver lining? At least there was not 12 inches of snow the same time as the -35 degree weather.

“It comes with the territory, it’s winter in Wisconsin,” said Paisley.

As for the future, good news is Wednesday looks dry.

Bad news, some more snow is in the forecast for Thursday.

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